An UnLimited Media Bulletin
Tuesday 11 March 2014

 
TODAY'S TOP STORY: As expected, Amazon has started its price negotiations with the labels very low indeed as the market leading etailer seeks to enter the streaming music market. As previously reported, having rolled its video-on-demand service in with its Amazon Prime scheme, it's thought the retail firm now wants to add streaming music to that initiative too. However, it seems unlikely Amazon will want to... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: A firm favourite at CMU ever since the day their debut EP turned up at the office back in 2011, Team Me returned with 'F Is For Faker', the first single from their second album, last month. The first new material to be released since their 2012 EP, 'Female Lead', it adds a little more bite to their songwriting formula - though it still retains the careful balance of solid guitar pop and unrelenting... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Amazon starts streaming music negotiations with very low offer
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LEGAL Harry Styles gains permanent injunction against four photographers
Mistrial in G-Unit murder case
Frank Ocean sued by Chipotle over Wonka song
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DEALS Caroline signs up Turnstile
Salaam Remi signs Liam Bailey to Sony imprint
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LIVE BUSINESS Bath club Moles closes following fire
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Next deadline upcoming for music export grants scheme
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Neil Young's Pono player pre-orders begin this week
Shazam raises new finance, gets half billion valuation
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MEDIA Cheryl Cole confirmed for X-Factor return too
Hertfordshire Jack FM rebrands as Bob
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ARTIST NEWS One Direction's Louis, Liam and Harry writing with Good Charlotte and Kodaline
Did The Rapture break up and not tell anyone?
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RELEASES Release Round-Up: Iggy Azalea, Diplo/The Clash/Frank Ocean, Tirzah and Omi Palone
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Festival Line-Up Update: Glastonbury Reading & Leeds, Glastonbury, Lovebox and more
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AND FINALLY... Male X-Factor winners are like puppets, says puppet-like male X-Factor winner James Arthur
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Amazon starts streaming music negotiations with very low offer
As expected, Amazon has started its price negotiations with the labels very low indeed as the market leading etailer seeks to enter the streaming music market. As previously reported, having rolled its video-on-demand service in with its Amazon Prime scheme, it's thought the retail firm now wants to add streaming music to that initiative too.

However, it seems unlikely Amazon will want to charge customers much more than ten dollars a month for Amazon Prime membership, and that would have to cover music and video content, plus the other benefits Prime members receive (mainly free next-day delivery). Which means that, even if Amazon had low expectations for its own profit margin on that deal, there would still be a lot less money available for labels and music publishers than is guaranteed by Spotify et al, who charge the same rate to consumers for just music.

And, of course, the fear at the labels is that if they offer Amazon too favourable terms for a Prime streaming service, it could screw over Spotify, Deezer, Rdio and Beats just as they are all trying to go mass-market, and therefore negatively impact on the monies those services are paying into the music rights companies.

According to label sources who have spoken to US trade magazine Billboard, Amazon is not currently looking to replicate a Spotify-type service in its entirety, in that it is looking to licence portions of each label's catalogue rather than pretty much everything the record companies have so far digitised.

And when picking what to licence, the etailer's focus would be on catalogue rather than new releases. Therefore, Amazon might argue, its 'lite' streaming service wouldn't necessarily compete head-on with the Spotifys of this world. Except that, when it comes to engaging mass-market, the music-only streaming services may also look to offer cheaper limited catalogue options down the line.

In terms of rights holder payments, Amazon's current offer is reportedly a fixed annual figure set aside for all the music rights owners, which would then be distributed to labels and publishers based on how much their content is accessed over the year. But the total amount paid out would be a fraction of that paid into the music rights industry by just Spotify, with the indies reportedly being offered just $5 million between them. It would also mean that if the upgraded Amazon Prime service was a massive success, it would be Amazon who enjoyed the kickback, not the company's content partners, whose income would be fixed.

Of course Amazon is a powerful player in music through its mail-order operation and, to a lesser extent, its MP3 store, and will presumably be looking wield some of this power in its negotiations on streaming.

Though the retail giant probably isn't as powerful in the digital music space as it is in the e-book domain, it not controlling the market-leader content consumption devices (yet), and you sense that the initial reaction from the labels to Amazon's Prime proposition is "you need us more than we need you, so why the hell would we sign up on these terms?"

Indeed, some in the labels seem outright offended by Amazon's offer and are pretty adamant a deal is not going to happen, though others say the current proposal is an opening gambit and there is still plenty of room for negotiation. All of which means, as we expected, streaming music could as yet very much arrive on the Amazon platform, but it is unlikely to happen imminently.

Harry Styles gains permanent injunction against four photographers
One Direction's Harry Styles has secured a permanent injunction to stop four paparazzos from following him.

As previously reported, Styles went to the High Court in December to get a court order prohibiting photographers from following him around or waiting for him outside his home. The singer's lawyer stressed at the time that this was an injunction to stop the activities of "a certain type of photographer", and that he was "not trying to prevent fans approaching him in the street and taking photos".

Yesterday, Styles was awarded a permanent injunction against four specific photographers, who were not named in court, under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997. The four people were identified using vehicle records from the DVLA. They are now prohibited from following Styles by car or motorcycle, loitering within 50 metres of his home, or placing him under any sort of surveillance.

Prior to going to court in December, the court was told that Styles had attempted to get the photographers to agree to stop following him voluntarily, but had been unsuccessful. All four had apparently eventually agreed to do so before yesterday's hearing, though Styles still decided to seek the permanent injunction against them.

Following Styles' success in gaining this court order, it will be interesting to see if it sets a precedent that other celebrities will now follow. Cheryl Cole and the mother of two of High Grant's children Tinglan Hong have previously gained similar temporary orders.

Styles' legal team were yesterday given a further four weeks to identify a fifth photographer, whom they are seeking to add to the injunction. Another hearing is scheduled for the beginning of April.

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Mistrial in G-Unit murder case
The trial of James Rosemond over claims that he had a member of 50 Cent's entourage killed ended in mistrial last week after the jury failed to reach a verdict.

The former boss of New York-based music company Czar Entertainment, Rosemond is currently serving a life sentence after being found guilty of using that business as a front for a major drug trafficking operation. The same month he was convicted for the drug crimes, June 2012, Rosemond was also charged over the 2009 death of G-Unit affiliate Lowell Fletcher. It was alleged that the former hip hop mogul arranged for Fletcher to be murdered following an altercation with his son.

Rosemond's trial on these charges began last month, with the jury retiring to deliberate on 4 Mar. However, on Friday the judge called a mistrial, after jurors were unable to agree a verdict. According to New York Daily News, the stalemate stemmed from one juror's refusal to consider the testimonies of a number of the prosecution's witnesses, who were serving prison sentences, on the grounds that "all people in prison are liars".

It is not yet clear if there will be a retrial.

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Frank Ocean sued by Chipotle over Wonka song
Frank Ocean is being sued by US restaurant chain Chipotle over a claim that he failed to deliver a song for an advertisement, despite agreeing to and being paid 50% of his fee.

The Mexican Grill restaurant operator says that Ocean agreed to record a version of 'Pure Imagination', a song originally written for the soundtrack of the film 'Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory', after see an earlier version of an animated advert. He was paid $212,500 up front, says the company, with a further $212,500 due upon delivery of the recording. However, on 7 Aug, the deadline for delivery, Ocean allegedly informed the company that he had decided to pull out of the project.

Ocean's legal team say that the singer bailed on the project after it became clear he had been misinformed about the restaurant chain's plans. They say their client was originally told that the video was being made to promote responsible farming, and would not bear the Chipotle logo. They also say that he was promised approval on the final master and all advertising surrounding the video. But Chipotle denies that this was the case.

Following Ocean's departure from the project, a version of the song by Fiona Apple was used for the advert, which you can see here.

Chipotle is suing for the advance paid to Ocean, plus additional damages to be determined if and when the case reaches court.

Caroline signs up Turnstile
Universal Music's newish label services company Caroline International has announced a deal with UK indie Turnstile Music that will see the new business handle distribution on releases by the likes of Christopher Owens, Perfume Genius, Gruff Rhys, Los Campesinos! and Cate Le Bon outside of North America.

Confirming the alliance, Alun Llwyd and Kevin Tame, founders of the Cardiff-based 'artist partnerships' label, told CMU: "We are proud to be joining forces with Caroline and are already impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and creativity they have shown towards the records scheduled for this year. We are excited about what we can achieve with their new team both on a domestic and international level".

Meanwhile Caroline's Michael Roe and Jim Chancellor chipped in with their own joint statement, saying: "That Alun and Kevin have decided to put their faith in Caroline is a testament to the great team we're building here. We love the artists that Alun and Kevin have collected together under what is a really creative label. We're very much looking forward to helping Turnstile establish their artists on an international stage".

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Salaam Remi signs Liam Bailey to Sony imprint
Sony Music's VP Of A&R Salaam Remi has signed Nottingham-based Liam Bailey, co-writer and voice of Chase & Status's 'Blind Faith', to his Sony imprint Louder Than Life.

Bailey will release his first solo LP via the label's subsidiaries Flying Budda (in the UK) and Sony Music Masterworks (in the US) later this year.

Remi, who will also act as executive producer on the record, says: "Liam Bailey has one of the best voices I heard in my lifetime. This album is only the beginning - he is one of the greats, as you will see".

Bath club Moles closes following fire
Bath live venue Moles will stay closed until August, and possibly longer than that, for repairs and renovations following a fire. Moles shut its doors this past Saturday after an electrical fault on the premises caused a blaze in the club's upstairs bar.

Moles' promotions manager Liam Baker confirms via NME: "The worst thing is smoke damage: smoke went throughout the building, into the studio and office too, and caused a lot of damage. And when the fire brigade were working to put out the fire, water filled the basement venue, which is where the bands play, so it's now completely flooded".

Obviously, Moles has cancelled all forthcoming shows until all that fire/smoke/water damage is smoothed over, though there are plans to stage pop-up nights at other spots in and around Bath while repair work at the venue is ongoing.

"We've been around for 35 years and we're going to do anything we can to survive this setback", adds Baker. "We're determined to stay open".

Next deadline upcoming for music export grants scheme
The next deadline for the Music Export Growth Scheme funding programme from UK Trade & Investment and the BPI is upcoming, ie next Monday 17 Mar. As previously reported, the scheme was set up to support independent music companies seeking help to market their artists overseas, with grants from £5000 to £50,000 available.

BPI boss Geoff Taylor told CMU: "The response so far to the Music Export Growth Scheme has been hugely positive but we know that there are hundreds of talented acts and promising music projects across the UK whose export potential is going untapped. We know the creativity is there, the ambition is there and the expertise is there. I would urge small and mid-sized companies from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to check out how the fund can help to develop their business internationally today".

More details about the scheme is available here.

Neil Young's Pono player pre-orders begin this week
Details of Neil Young's unwieldy digital music player and accompanying high quality music service, Pono, have been announced. The player will sell for $399, with discounted pre-orders opening on Kickstarter this Friday. It will also sell, along with recommended headphones and compatible music downloads, at PonoMusic.com.

CEO of PonoMusic, John Hamm (note the 'h', it's not Don Draper) said of the launch: "Our goal was to offer the highest quality digital music available from all the major labels with the world's greatest sounding, user-friendly portable music player. We've achieved our goal and we are excited to launch our Kickstarter campaign to invite music lovers everywhere to join the PonoMusic community and reserve a PonoPlayer for their own enjoyment".

The player was designed with audio firm Ayre Acoustics, whose CEO Charlie Hansen added: "We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this project. We will always be grateful to Neil Young for changing the landscape of recorded music".

The player comes with a 128gb hard drive, which will store 1000 to 2000 high quality albums. Users can also use memory cards with the player to store playlists and additional digital music.

No news yet on whether a clothing line featuring special pockets that will actually hold the triangular player is in the offing.

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Shazam raises new finance, gets half billion valuation
Music data whatnot company Shazam has confirmed that it has secured another $20 million in financing from undisclosed investors, in a round of new investment that values the business at around half a billion dollars.

Although Shazam has traditionally generated revenue from the referral fees it earns whenever users buy music from a download store after identifying a track with the music identification technology, the company is increasingly expanding its operations. In the US by working with the advertising and TV industries to run mobile-based promotions on the back of television output, and globally by recognising the value of the data the firm is sitting on, something that has led to the recent A&R partnership with Warner Music.

Given that the core Shazam music-identification-and-sell-through business is well established and seemingly profitable, the new investment is presumably to help fund the newer elements to the company's business.

Cheryl Cole confirmed for X-Factor return too
So, it seems that ITV is very much attempting to get 'X-Factor' viewing figures back up to their heyday peaks by simply restoring the show that went out during that era.

Not only is Simon Cowell returning to judge on the next series of the talent vehicle, so is that there Cheryl Cole, last seen in the 'X' universe being fired from the American version of the show before it even got to air.

Following much speculation that Cole would join Cowell in returning to the show later this year, the one time Girl Aloud said last night: "I'm very happy and excited to be returning to 'The X-Factor'. I'm inspired and ready to find new talent and potential popstars. It's going to be a fun series".

Meanwhile Cowell added: "I am so happy that Cheryl has agreed to join 'The X Factor' again. The last time we worked together in the UK was incredible and produced some really successful artists. Obviously the plan is to do the same again... so it's back to work!"

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Hertfordshire Jack FM rebrands as Bob
One of the UK radio stations operating under the Jack FM name has rebranded as, well, Bob FM, after a dispute with the company that owns the Jack brand.

As previously reported, the Jack FM brand is owned by Canadian company SparkNet, which licences the name and the programming format associated with it to other radio firms in North America, the UK and Russia. The sixth Jack FM branded station recently went on air in the UK, Jack FM Berkshire, replacing what had been Reading 107.

But Shadow Radio Holdings, which operated a Jack FM station in Hertfordshire, has fallen out with SparkNet, because the Canadian firm wouldn't give the company exclusive use of the Jack brand on the DAB network in the region.

All of which necessitated a rebrand. Prior to becoming a Jack FM outpost, Shadow Radio operated its Hertfordshire FM service under the name Hertbeat. But rather than reverting to that, the station surveyed listeners on possible new names, ultimately opting for Bob FM.

Ironically, another Canadian company licences stations in North America to operate as Bob FM, though the Shadow Radio service is not affiliated with that brand, and the company has trademarked the name itself for use in the UK.

  Approved: Team Me - F Is For Faker
A firm favourite at CMU ever since the day their debut EP turned up at the office back in 2011, Team Me returned with 'F Is For Faker', the first single from their second album, last month.

The first new material to be released since their 2012 EP, 'Female Lead', it adds a little more bite to their songwriting formula - though it still retains the careful balance of solid guitar pop and unrelenting tweeness that has always made Team Me such a joy to listen to.

Like the recently approved Deathcrush (a band who could not be accused of employing unrelenting tweeness), they filled out the Mono venue at the recent by:Larm festival in Oslo before I could get in. But if you're at SXSW this week, tomorrow to be specific, you'll be able to catch them at Lucille at 9pm.

Right now, have a listen to 'F Is For Faker' via this SoundCloud player.
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One Direction's Louis, Liam and Harry writing with Good Charlotte and Kodaline
Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne of little-known boy toys One Direction have formed a songwriting circle with Good Charlotte twins Joel and Benji Madden. So, that's a thing.

The 1D pair, who are apparently, estimates The Sun, the band's highest earners (based on their claiming writing royalties for half the tracks on recent 1D album 'Midnight Memories'), joined the Madden bros in the studio on Saturday to write hits for One Direction's fourth LP. See, it's all here, in this photo.

And another thing. In a play to make bank as a songwriter, that Harry Styles hit an LA studio with Kodaline last week to brainstorm a "massive" One Direction song. This is his drawing of the collaboration. Arty.

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Did The Rapture break up and not tell anyone?
The Rapture have split up in the most furtive way possible, in that they didn't actually announce it to the public. In fact, the split was only discovered when Self-Titled magazine noticed a solo billing of the band's one-time frontman Luke Jenner, in which he was advertised as being "formerly of The Rapture".

Still, the cat's out of the bag now, after Self-Titled sought out the group's manager, DFA Records' Jonathan Galkin, for his word on the situation.

And that word was: "I kept thinking it might blow over but that might not be the case. Feel free to go to press with this headline: 'Did the Rapture break up and not tell anyone?'"

The Rapture, as you no doubt know, formed in 1998, releasing their sophomore LP, 'In The Grace Of Your Love', back in 2011.

Release Round-Up: Iggy Azalea, Diplo/The Clash/Frank Ocean, Tirzah and Omi Palone
Iggy Azalea has released all the essential details on her new LP, 'The New Classic'. Like its sleeve image, which is here, and its release date, which is 14 Apr. And a tracklisting. The disc will feature Azalea's back-singles 'Work', 'Bounce' and Change Your Life', plus guests in the shape of Rita Ora, Mavado, Watch The Duck and Charli XCX, who appears on Iggy's latest track 'Fancy'. Check the super-kitsch 'Fancy' visual here.

Moving on, what say you to a Converse-sponsored collaboration incorporating Diplo, The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, and Frank Ocean? The promotional track is titled 'Hero', and was commissioned as part of the brand's Three Artists, One Song campaign.

As to how on earth it all came to pass, Diplo has this to say: "Dance music is pretty basic: It's the voice of the kids that are making it. It's cool that we have something happening. Our generation has created something out of nothing with dance music. Kids are making music and going straight to SoundCloud or YouTube; they're seventeen years old and becoming stars".

Talking along similar lines, Mick Jones says: "Kids are making music in their bedrooms. Which I think is really similar to the punk idea of 'do it yourself' - it is possible. The punk thing wasn't just about music, it was more about attitude and the way you handled yourself".

Frank Ocean had nothing to add about 'the kids', sadly. Anyway, this is the track.

Approved artist Tirzah, who released a mish-mash of mismatched (brilliantly so) pop treats via last year's 'I'm Not Dancing' EP, has confirmed a new five-tracker titled 'No Romance'. Out on Greco Roman on 21 Apr, it finds Tirzah, she says, in her "emo" phase, and features, as per 'I'm Not Dancing', back-beats by Mica Levi. Stream and revel in the new EP's title track here.

London band Omi Palone will release an LP of the same name, their first, on 14 Apr. It will follow a self-released 2011 cassette tape, and several split seven-inches dating back to last year, and is being handled on a joint basis by DIY labels Faux Discx and Negative Space. Listen in to one of its songs, 'Shallow Divide', now.

Festival Line-Up Update: Glastonbury Reading & Leeds, Glastonbury, Lovebox and more
Worthy of noting down amongst today's FLUUs are Reading and Leeds festivals, which've picked up a new set of acts apiece, not least big-deal bill leaders QOTSA and Paramore, who'll share main stage headlining credits on Friday night at Reading and Saturday night at Leeds. As per this latest additions list, Vampire Weekend, Enter Shikari, Imagine Dragons, Clean Bandit, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Klaxons, Drenge, Foster The People, The Hives, Peace and Die Antwoord will join existing headliners Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182, and the lower-billed likes of Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy and Warpaint.

Also, Glastonbury, which has made official what the world already knew - that Arcade Fire will headline, and Lily Allen, Dolly Parton Disclosure and Blondie will all play, in a non-headlining capacity, elsewhere. 'New' news at the festival is that Gibson Bull, Hero Fisher, Only Girl, M+A, FURS, The Black Tambourines, Pandr Eyez and Izzy Bizu are the acts vying to win this year's Emerging Talent Competition. So there.

More on those updates, plus positive changes to the line-ups at Lovebox, Bearded Theory, Creamfields, SW4, SunSplash and Temples, is as listed...

BEARDED THEORY, Catton Hall, Walton-upon-Trent, Derbyshire, 22-25 May: Wilko Johnson. www.beardedtheory.co.uk

CREAMFIELDS, Daresbury Estate, Halton, Cheshire, 22-24 Aug: 3 Are Legend (Dimitri Vegas, Steve Aoki & Like Mike), Sub Focus, Andy C, BaseRiva Starr, MJ Cole, Sander Van Doorn, Firebeatz, Bassjackers, Ummet Ozcan, Kryder, Friction & Linguistics, Matrix And Futurebound, My Nu Leng, Kove, North Technasia, Blonde, Strictly Underground DJs, Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Danny Avila, Anton Powers, Thomas Tuft, Tim Owen, George Kafetzis, Rob Casson, Adam Cartwright, Sean Dougherty, Just Another Duo, Ricochet Musica. www.creamfields.com

GLASTONBURY, Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, 25-29 Jun: Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, Lily Allen, Disclosure, Blondie, Gibson Bull, Hero Fisher, Only Girl, M+A, FURS, The Black Tambourines, Pandr Eyez, Izzy Bizu. www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

LEEDS FESTIVAL, Bramham Park, Leeds, 22-24 Aug: Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Vampire Weekend, Enter Shikari, Imagine Dragons, Clean Bandit, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Klaxons, Drenge, Foster The People, The Hives, Peace, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jungle, Jimmy Eat World, Chvrches, Die Antwood, Nero, Don Broco, Cage The Elephant, Pendulum DJs, A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, Basement, BrEaCh, Circa Waves, David Rodigan, Eagulls, Fat White Family, Gorgon City, Jacob Plant, Letlive, Lower Than Atlantis, Marmozets, Neck Deep, The Neighbourhood, Wolf Alice. www.leedsfestival.com

LOVEBOX, Victoria Park, London, 18-19 Jul: MIA, Chase & Status, The Horrors, A$AP Rocky, Katy B, Banks, Ben Pearce, Bondax, Bonobo, Crystal Fighters, Cyril Hahn, David Rodigan, Dense & Pika, Duke Dumont, Elli Ingram, The Gaslamp Killer, Hannah Wants, Horse Meat Disco, Huxley, Joey Bada$$, Joy Orbison, Kaleida, Kiesza, Klangkarussell, Knytro, Madlib, Mnek, Moderat, Mount Kimbie, Paul Woolford, Roosevelt, Scuba, Shy FX & Stamina, Special Request, Sub Focus, Submotion Orchestra, Tensnake, The Martinez Brothers, Visionquest. mamacolive.com/lovebox

READING FESTIVAL, Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, 22-24 Aug: Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Vampire Weekend, Enter Shikari, Imagine Dragons, Clean Bandit, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Klaxons, Drenge, Foster The People, The Hives, Peace, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jungle, Jimmy Eat World, Chvrches, Die Antwood, Nero, Don Broco, Cage The Elephant, Pendulum DJs, A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, Basement, BrEaCh, Circa Waves, David Rodigan, Eagulls, Fat White Family, Gorgon City, Jacob Plant, Letlive, Lower Than Atlantis, Marmozets, Neck Deep, The Neighbourhood, Wolf Alice. www.readingfestival.com

SOUTH WEST FOUR, Clapham Common, London, 23-24 Aug: Deadmau5. www.southwestfour.com

SUNSPLASH, Aspat Beach, Bodrum, Turkey, 1-8 Jun: William Adamson, Mark de Clive-Lowe. sunsplash-festival.com

TEMPLES, various venues, Temples Quarter, Bristol, 2-4 May: Electric Wizard, Neurosis, Clutch, Doom, Amenra, Anaal Nathrakh, A Storm Of Light, Beastmilk, Blood Ceremony, Bossk, Brutal Truth, <Code>, Conan, Doom, Doomriders, Dragged Into Sunlight, Flayed Disciple, Gehenna, Gonga, H A R K, Herder, Jucifer, Mob Rules, Moss, Oathbreaker, Repulsion, Satan's Satyrs, Sonance, Sss, The Secret, Svalbard, Throne, Tombs, True Valiance, Vitamin X, Unkind, War Wolf, Winterfylleth, Wodensthrone, Wolfbrigade. www.templesfestival.co.uk

Male X-Factor winners are like puppets, says puppet-like male X-Factor winner James Arthur
'X-Factor' has so far failed to find any male winners who are "believable", says James Arthur. It's not entirely clear if he's including himself in that statement.

"The male winners that they've had, haven't been that believable", he told Interia.tv in Poland. "They look like puppets, they sound like puppets".

He went on to say that he wasn't "in love" with his debut album because too many people at his label, Syco, had got in the way of his art: "I have people telling me what I can and can't do, what music I can make, what music I can't make. People that aren't artists don't think about creativity and art, they think about money".

Although, despite all that, he added that he thought the album was actually alright and represented his "art" well: "I don't feel as though it sounds contrived or compromised, or overly produced or poppy or anything like that. I feel like there's pop songs on there but they're really - I hate using the word credible now - but they're really authentic-sounding".

Yeah, authentic is a way more credible word than credible. It adds real authenticity. You puppets.

 
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